Father Now Charged With Murder In Baby Son's Death

A father is now accused of murdering his 9-month-old son.

Ronald Acosta, a 27-year-old who now lives in Jacksonville, was first arrested in October 2007 in New Bern and charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

The baby was initally treated here in Eastern Carolina but was transferred to Indiana to be with family. The baby died in January 2008.

A Craven County jury indicted Acosta last week. Acosta was arrested when he reported to the New Bern police department last night. His weekly visits to the police department were a condition of his release in 2007.

The autopsy, which New Bern police received in July, listed the official cause of death as homicide due to complications of closed head trauma. Acosta is locked up under no bond.

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